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Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser Master Class Quotes (Part 2 of 2)

Andrew Hitz

The fantastic master class I attended summer by the one and only Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser had so many good quotes I needed to split them up into two posts.  It was a class for band directors but there are great lessons for all of us in these.  Here is the second installment. (And click here for Part 1 if you missed it.)

  • "Band has to be challenging."
     
  • "We have to put people in an atmosphere with courage."
     
  • "If you want to win a trophy, go buy one.  It’s easier and you don’t have to rely on someone else’s subjectiveness."
     
  • "Positives come and go.  Negatives accumulate."
     
  • "When we put the attention on others, they will follow us anywhere."
     
  • "How Do We Motivate: 1. Competition 2. Cooperation 3. Creation - Of those three, the highest level of motivation is creation."
     
  • "Create what isn’t."
     
  • "Happiness isn’t getting what you want, it’s wanting what you get."
     
  • "This is our lives.  This is not a dress rehearsal.  This is it.  The cameras are rolling."
     
  • "Pessimists see the challenge in every opportunity.  Optimists see the opportunity in every challenge."
     
  • "If it come between being right and being kind, be kind.  Because you can always go back and be right."
     
  • "At every moment we are either appreciating or depreciating the environment."
     
  • "Leadership isn’t something you do but something you are."
     
  • "Criticize in private, not in public."
     
  • "When we change the way we look at things, we change the things we look at."
     
  • "Communication is the key to all problem solving."
     
  • "Whatever we want is what we should give away."
My dog and wife looking out the window at the falling snow. © 2014 Andrew Hitz